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Scripture reading: 1 Peter 5:8

In 1 Peter 5:8 we read, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Satan devours humanity upon the basis of the energy, or the life, or the spiritual force that is in MAN’S BLOOD. The blood is the very essence of our lives, the source of God’s energy. Scripture says that we feed from God, and the blood of man has the life of man, and Satan must feed on life. He cannot get it from God because he cannot go back to God. Neither can devils go to God to feast from God. Therefore, they must take it from us.

When Adam fell, Satan took the kingdom and the authority and the power and the energy from man. The devil seeks blood. The devil lives on blood. This is one of the reasons he encourages people to offer sacrifices to him. We must accept the principle that Satan lives on the blood of human beings because in the blood there is life.

There are other dimensions by which Satan feeds upon humanity, not just by taking his blood and his life. There is a word in the Scripture called diabolos in the Greek. It is translated slanderer, prone to slander, false accuser. It is the very name of Satan and means that people who slander act like little devils. In other words, slanderers have become part of the Satanic kingdom. 1 Timothy 3:11 speaks of the qualifications of the servant of God and says, “Even so must their wives be grave, NOT SLANDERERS, sober, faithful in all things.” Satan feeds (draws life) from the slanderer and from the person who listens to slander. The person who listens to slander is as much a part of the slander as the person who slanders.

2 Timothy 3:1-3, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, FALSE ACCUSERS (little devils), incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.” It means that when a person takes a tale from one person to another and brings discord among the brethren, he is actually allowing Satan to feed upon him. Satan feeds upon him and upon the person who receives the slander. A person is weak when he has finished slandering or listening to slander.

Titus 2:1-3, “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, NOT FALSE ACCUSERS (the name for Satan, diabolos), not given to much wine, teachers of good things.”

This same word appears in the Old Testament with the same connotation (the same meaning) attached to it. Satan recruits people to work for him like he recruits demons to go from place to place, slandering, carrying tales, carrying evil, a false report, an evil report. Some reports may be true but they are not worthwhile for Christians to receive. We have a mandate and an authority from God to do the work of God. God is in the business of saving people. If we say that a thing is true, therefore, we are supposed to talk about it; this is not right. It is the wrong understanding of what truth is. Christ Jesus is truth and everything that is pertaining to Christ is truth. Any thing else is not truth, it is of the devil.

Let me give you an example. You see a man preaching a word and there are people listening to him and people accepting the Word of God. And because you saw him steal from the store that morning, you go in their midst and stop them from listening to the Word of God saying that the man is a thief. It would be a true thing but it would not be the truth. It would not be glorifying God. What would glorify God would be if you would take the man aside and speak to him about his evil deeds, but not hurt those who are receiving the Word of God from him.

John 8:44, “Ye are of your father, the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” The same word is being used in this verse to call some men who resemble the devil in their mind and in their operation as diabolos.

In 1 John 3:10 the same were called, in the Greek, teknon tu diabolos, children of the devil. We see the word being used for men and women who do the work of the devil. They have joined forces with the enemy and they do great damage in the human realm. When you speak evil of a person you actually send evil forces after that person. You give life to the evil beings that are around who want to hurt that person.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 195-197)

Thought for today: Brethren, let us not be numbered among those who are weak because they have been slandering or listening to slander.

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Scripture reading: Genesis 3:14-19

In Genesis 3:19, God, speaking to Adam, said, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for DUST THOU ART, and unto DUST shalt thou return.” In Genesis 3:14, God placed a curse on the serpent. “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and DUST shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.” God is saying that the serpent is going to use man to get his life and his energy.

This thought is confirmed in Isaiah 14:12-14, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” We should change this word “Lucifer” to the proper Hebrew word “Heylel.” There was no such word “Lucifer” when this passage was written by Isaiah. “Lucifer” is a Latin word and it means “shining, bright one.” Why translators used Latin, I do not know. We are comfortable with the name in Hebrew, therefore the word is “Heylel.” “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Heylel, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

This egotistic boast was made by Satan himself who thought that even though God had an Elect company, even though God had planned a people to destroy him, that he, Satan, was going to overthrow them and he was going “to sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.” Psalm 48:1 and 2 tells us who this “mount of the congregation” is. “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is MOUNT ZION, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” What God calls “mount Zion” is what Satan said he was going to take and rule over.

Zion was the fortress in Jerusalem which David took from the Jebusites and built as his stronghold. It is where David and his mighty men lived. The word “Zion” is the seventh letter in the Hebrew language, whose value is SEVEN. God uses “Zion” to symbolically mean His strong ones, His mighty ones.

Satan looks at us and thinks that we are puny and wretched. He challenged God concerning Job. He scorned Job. He said that Job would curse God to His face, if He just touched his skin. He said, “Skin for skin” meaning that the guy is nothing but skin and bones and he could get him to curse God. God withdrew His presence from Job and allowed Satan to touch him. When Satan had tried the man for three years, had him down in sackcloth and ashes, sores all over his body, pain and suffering, without any word or promise from God, and the man did not curse God, SATAN LOST.

Satan lost against a natural man. Job was not filled with the Holy Ghost. He did not have the Blood of Jesus Christ. He only had FAITH IN GOD! He said, “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God,” Job 19:26. Against such faith Satan has no power.

We now come back to that word in Colossians 1:13-18 which says that God alone has all the power. All principalities and all powers can only consist upon His allowing them to have food and energy and life. We see a problem here, but GOD HAS A SOLUTION. We are given animals as our food – the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, the beasts – from whom we get our life in the natural. If Satan is allowed to eat our energy and take the energy from our world to run his kingdom, then we seem to be in bad shape. But one of the greatest things God has ever done for us is that He allowed us to be the food of Satan, because when we rise up and stop him from feasting on us, we will destroy him by the Blood of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Ghost. He will not be able to survive without food.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 194-195)

Thought for today: When we rise up and stop Satan from feasting on us, we will destroy him by the Blood of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Ghost.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 18:1-4

Let us look at the dispensation that brings us out of Babylon. Let us read about it. Turn to Ephesians 1:9, “Having made known unto us (God) the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself (Christ Jesus).”

What is the will of God for you and for each person? It is that we become exactly like Jesus Christ Himself. Romans 8:29 says, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Now, you do not have to worry about how the caterpillar is going to become a butterfly. The caterpillar doesn’t worry. He just keeps eating. You do not have to worry about how you are going to become like Jesus, because God said that it is His will. It is God’s will that you be like Jesus Christ!

Let us go back to Ephesians 1, “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times…

The dispensation of the “fullness of times” is the seventh millennium. We are now in the seventh millennium. It is in this millennium that the “fullness” of Christ must come forth! Amen!

I was just encouraging a sister a while ago. I said, “Do not go off to college and go into some long four, five, six, or seven year program at this time, because it will not have any use to you in the kingdom. Your college degree will not have any use in the kingdom. It will be child’s play, and as far as the kingdom goes, it will be petty knowledge; and some of it will be spurious and wrong knowledge.” Amen! Now, I am not going against education. But at this particular time, there is no time. Young people, there is no time! If you need to find something so that you can earn a living for the time being, then go get something that is quick. I said to the sister, “Go get an eighteen month course, or other short course that can help you to know something and earn some money and do something at this time. But don’t you go into any long program, because, for instance, after a person takes seven years to go into medicine to become a doctor, it is going to take you another twenty years before you justify your seven years of labor. You do not have the time!” We don’t have that time! We are through! Time has come to an end. We are through, brethren, it is the end!

Many do not believe. Yes! But God said that those who do not believe will be in the darkness and will suffer the penalties of Babylon. The penalties and the suffering that Babylon is going through, you are going to go through, too. Amen!

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 16-18)

Thought for today: Let us not fall amongst those who do not believe and who will suffer the penalties of Babylon. Let us be believing people who are preparing themselves for the coming of the Lord.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 24:15-22

When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)…

When a Jew reads this passage, he understands more of what it is saying than we do. He knows that whenever you take the book in their synagogue, everybody knows that you are going to read and everybody submits his or her mind to you. The Bible says that this thing or person will be standing in the Holy Place church, proclaiming itself as “God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). Have you seen it? The “antichrist,” that is written of in Daniel 11 (“the abomination that maketh desolate”) is standing in the church now and giving orders!

So Jesus said here, “When you see him get up and stand in the Holy Place, FLEE!” “Run! Leave! Leave it! Leave the Holy Place now, because the holy place has become Babylon.” Let me explain it to you. If you turn your Bible around to Revelation and look at Chapter 18, you will see what I am talking about. What I am preaching to you is the exact word that I am getting from the Lord.

Revelation 18:2, “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” Is God talking about birds? He is talking about the spirits that occupy the church and the people. It brings it into confusion! It causes “Babylon.” Amen! The spirits of devils working in the midst of the church!

I have been working in this church area for many, many years. I have seen all the demons and the devils that work within the churches and govern the people. The pastor must have a certain amount of psychology. BABYLON must have a psychologist as a minister! When you go to Bible school, one of the chief subjects that you must learn is psychology. You learn how to manage the crowd. You learn how to manage the sister that is “giving trouble.” We always had it as a joke. We would say, “Kick her upstairs!” Do you know what that means? There was a sister who belonged to a church. She came and began to fellowship with us. She was so blessed that she had to take it back to her pastor to show him all the goodies and the books and all like that we were giving. Immediately, she was promoted to choir leader (musical director) in her church. She was so pressed for time that she had no more time to come to our meetings. She just got “absorbed” back into the system. This is what we mean by, “Kick her upstairs!” If a minister is giving trouble, then you would transfer him. “Give him a bigger church!” “Send him off to Bird Mountain!” (A nondescript place.) There is all this psychology being used in the churches.

But then, we also have psychology amongst us. We are using psychology on one another. One bishop used to say, “It is wisdom!” When he would trick you or do you something bad, he would say that it was the wisdom of God. So can you understand then what is happening, and why we have to watch our own temple? Because we too are tempted to go the way of the “abomination of desolation” that is in the middle of the church.

But then, why would God allow the Holy Place to be destroyed? It is because we have come to a new dispensation, and He wants us to move on! Now is the time for you to get into the Holy of Holies! NO MORE FOOLING AROUND! But, guess what? To get into the Holy of Holies, you have to die. Amen. You have to die. I am not talking about physical death, because if you die physically, you won’t earn any more stars or crowns. It is down in your soul that the battle is being fought. We are the church that is fighting, and when we get the devil out of us, we are the ones who will be the overcomers. And the heavens will declare the joy of God that we have overcome.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 15-16)

Thought for today: Remember, it is down in your soul that the battle is being fought. So fight for your life and get the devil out so that you will be the overcomer.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 20:25-28

When John the Baptist came on the scene, he started baptizing in the river Jordan. It was a new dispensation. If you were good in the previous dispensation, in this dispensation you would be just a child. Isn’t that what Jesus said? He said that the smallest child in this dispensation would be greater than the greatest prophet (Luke 7:28). Nevertheless, that dispensation (“the dispensation of Christ”) passed and now we have been in a different dispensation (“the dispensation of the fullness”). You cannot look back and begin to live like those in that dispensation over there in the past. You have to be up to mark with the dispensation in which we now live.

Let me read the changing of the dispensation for you. Matthew 25:6, “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”

We are talking about this dispensation and then another dispensation coming in. When we look at “the dispensation of Christ” and what happened during this dispensation, we see great miracles and wonderful things happening. People were being saved, born-again, delivered, and so and so and so. You have also seen what has happened in these past 2000 years.

But we have now gone into another dispensation (“the dispensation of the fullness”) and the age of the church is finished. Wake up now. God said in His Word that you should not have a “hierarchical church.” That means having a one-man ruler in the congregation (a big Christian and little Christians). You should not have laity and clergy. You know the Word of God. Amen. The idea of having laity and clergy is alien to the true doctrine of Christ (see Matthew 23:8-11; 20:25-26). But the whole system of the church today was built upon having laity and clergy; it is the clergy that must minister to (rule over) the people. One man even came up with a message and claiming that he got it from God saying that we now have what is called a “husband ministry.” As a result of that, the ministers began to look at the church as their “wife” and ministering “themselves” unto the church. You see, when a man ministers to his wife, she brings forth a child that looks like him. Amen! Therefore, in this same church, God smote them with adultery. Are you with me? God allowed them to be smitten with adultery. In one little congregation there were fifteen people swapping wives and husbands! So then, because of the falseness of their doctrine, they went wrong. Once you get the Word of God wrong, your life gets wrong. God smote them with adultery, and eventually He smote them with death. They had several plane crashes in that little group of people and many deaths.

Now, the dispensation of the church age has therefore already come to an end. If you doubt it, go into one of the churches Sunday morning; go into the one that you think is the best church in your area, and let God teach you. You will see that what is going on there has no place in a church. But, you see, God told us beforehand in Matthew 24. Let us look at it. Matthew 24:15-16, “When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains.

What is this saying? It is saying that the “Holy Place” church is going to be destroyed. I am not talking about the “Outer Court” church. I am not talking about the denominational people. I am talking about those who have fled from the denominations, have begun to walk in the principles of God and have begun to have the manifestations of the Holy Spirit within their midst, within their souls, and their lives. This scripture says that this is the church that is going to get the antichrist standing up in the midst.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 13-15)

Thought for today: Let us make sure that we are on our way to the Holy of Holies so that we would not be partakers of the destruction of the Holy Place church.

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Scripture reading: 2 Kings 2:1-11

Brethren, you have to remember: you are the temple of God. We have allowed the enemy to come into the temple and do many things in us. You see, I do not excuse any Christian for having a temper. So when you go around talking about you having a temper, you had better realize that you are confessing to having a demon that God does not want in you. You MUST get rid of the temper!

I cannot agree with any Christian that says, “I have lust.” Oh yes, I know what lust is. I know that it can be a haunting thing that haunts you through your whole life. “Put fire upon him! Burn him! BURN HIM OUT!” Tell God, “Take this lust, or kill me!” Amen!

I remember the time when I went to God and said, “Kill me! I do not want to live one more inch. I do not want to live one more day.” I stopped eating. I said, “I will not eat until You deliver me from lust.” I stopped eating, and God challenged me. Oh yes, He challenged me! The same day I was hit with pneumonia. God said, “All right, I am going to see if you really mean it.” But, of course, God knew that I meant it. So I said, “All right, God. This is a good chance. No food. No water. Pneumonia! Vomiting blood! Now is the time—take me home!” He would come to me every morning and show me my progress up the hill. There is a little song, a Negro spiritual, that says, “I am climbing up, up, climbing up to Zion, I am climbing up to Zion to see my Lord.” Amen! “…up, up…!” Every morning He came and showed me where I was that morning. Hallelujah!

The month of April came, and it went into May. At that time I could not even move off the bed. My eyes could not remain open; they sank down into a hole. I looked like a ghost! But, who cares? I would rather look like a ghost and get rid of that demon than look good and have the demon with me. Amen! MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD, RISE UP AND REJECT SATAN FROM THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD! Amen!

I am sure you know the story in 2 Kings 2 when Elijah went across the Jordan river. He smote the river and the river parted. He went over on dry land; he went to meet God. Elisha was there with him. I will not tell the whole story now, but that day the chariot of God and the whirlwind took Elijah into heaven alive. Where do you think it took him? Did he go to Jupiter? Or Mars? Or maybe a little farther on in the Milky Way? As carnal people, these are the things we would think. But heaven is not a place in the natural sky. Heaven is a spiritual realm. Heaven is a place on a high frequency of power that we cannot attain unto in our physical form. Do you understand? God has to divide heaven so that we don’t go where the terrible power is. Yet the promise of God is that “in Christ” we shall be sitting at the “right hand” of God.

So the man Elijah went to heaven. That means that he went into a higher frequency than where we human beings are, and into the high frequency where God is; and that frequency is everywhere. You ask, “Where is heaven?” It is everywhere! Elijah went into that frequency and began to learn the things that he never learned as a prophet.

That was “The dispensation of the prophets.” And guess what? That dispensation passed. It passed and there came a great distress in the world because the prophets were all gone. No more prophecy! No more prophets! But then, John the Baptist came…

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 12-13)

Thought for today: Men and women of God, rise up and reject Satan from the temple of the living God!

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Scripture reading: Matthew 25:1-6

I want to talk to you today about “The Sleeping Church.” Turn your Bibles with me to Matthew and we are going to read from Matthew 25, beginning with Verse 1, “Then shall the kingdom of heaven (the church) be likened unto ten virgins which took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom.”

It is interesting: you talk to the people—everybody—and they all say, “We are waiting! Jesus will soon come! We are waiting for Jesus!” All the denominations are waiting for Jesus! But it is going to be “…weeping and gnashing of teeth!” (See Matthew 8:12, 24:51, 25:30).

It goes on in Verse 2, “And five of them were wise and five were foolish.” Spiritually, it is not saying that half of them were wise and half of them were foolish. If half of the church was wise and half was foolish, it would be a wonderful thing. But it is not even ten percent of the church that is wise. There is not even ten percent! So, therefore, we are dealing with all foolish people. Foolish ministries! Foolish congregations!

Let me explain to you what “foolish” means, because sometimes you have to say what the meaning of “is” is. The Bible says in Psalm 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” It says that the fool has said in his heart that there is no God. But here am I (saved, sanctified, baptized in the Holy Spirit) and still I will hide and do sin. I still will tell a lie. When you do this, you are saying that there is no God. You are saying that there is no God! But God is standing up looking at you while you are lying and thinking that you are hiding because the other person does not know about it. Because the people do not know, you feel quite confident that you and your situation are hidden. You come to church, straighten up, and try to sing—but you do not fool the Holy Spirit! Amen!

Let me tell you this: if we came in the congregation and our hearts were pure before God, then when we would open our mouths to sing, the whole area would be shaken! Yes! I am telling you we had had prayer meetings where we would go through the whole night. Then when we would get to three o’clock in the morning (for some reason the Spirit would always fall at that time), people in the town would come running out of their beds to the altar. They wanted Jesus! They would always tell the same stories—they could not sleep. “I was tormented! I had to come!” they would say.

So then, the glory of God and the power of God is getting into you and fastening right there, but it is not coming out. If the power of God was let loose in us, our meeting places would not be able to not hold the number of people. This whole town would be shaken! Sinners would be shaken! Oh, yes!

Forgive me please to deviate, but I have seen sorcerers to destroy churches. I don’t think you believe in sorcery. But if you do not believe in sorcery, if you do not believe that there is a living devil, then you do not believe God. For God said that there is a living devil. Let me say it again: if you do not believe in sorcery, then you do not believe God, for the Bible says that there is sorcery. Amen! In Ephesians it speaks of “…spiritual wickedness in high places.” What do you think He is talking about?

I have seen sorcerers oppress a whole church. Yes! They make the leaders of the church get sick, or some go crazy and out of their minds while the people are praising God, clapping, singing, jumping, and leaping. With all that, they cannot overcome the spirit of sorcery that was let loose upon them.

So, I am saying to you that the church is SLEEPING, but it is a time now to wake it up.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 2-3)

Thought for today: Is the glory and the power of God coming into you but not able to come out? Then, stop hiding your sin but let the Blood of Jesus cleanse you so that you might be part of the five wise virgin company.

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